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Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
. tell us what's going on and what is your take? >> guest: china has developed this air defense identification, which the administration has told our military plane to ignore, that the faa to bring into effect. so if you're on a commercial airliner you have to take this into account. you've got to respond -- i'm not sure how that works, probably transponders, but our military side is not recognizing it. china will try to -- they'll try to exert itself over japan and our allies in that region, and i think we all knew this was something. we've been talking on china since i've been in congress the last five years and wanted to expand and that's what's happening right now. what i think will happen is they will push further and further and further, every time, and this is once again much harder than the iran deal because china is a big old over american debt, a huge part of our economy. and they're becoming more westernized while at the same time building up their military and building their military up in a way where it's purely targeted at the american military. they are not doing
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Dec 2, 2013 10:00am EST
defense relations. and let me in particular welcome you to csis' new home here at 1616 rhode island avenue. i'm kathleen hicks, henry a. kissinger chair and director of the international security program here at csis, and i'm very pleased to have the honor of introducing today's guest speaker, and this is the chief of defense staff of canada, general lawson. he's had a long and distinguished career serving in his current position since october 2012. prior to his most recent promotion, he served as deputy commander at norad which is at peterson air force base this colorado, so he is no stranger to the importance of u.s./canadian defense cooperation. he has also held such distinguished positions as assistant chief of the air staff and commandant of the royal military college in kingston. he led the stand up of the strategic joint staff and has served as command oring officer -- commanding officer of 412 squadron based in ottawa. general lawson graduated from the military college of canada with a bachelor of science degree as well as a master of science in the electrical can engineering and w
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Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
and for coming tonight. [applause] held a conference on defense related topics recently including the iran nuclear deal, u.s. budget negotiations and the military's upcoming withdrawal from afghanistan. one of the participants was forwarded to provide official michelle flournoy. bumiller elisabeth of "the new york times" moderated this discussion. >> thank you all for coming. and i'm sorry that i am not nick, but here i am and i'm pulling myself together. i'm going to briefly introduce michele and phillip. we were all at aspen and i see a table h of these could number of people in the audience that were in considerably better weather last summer. so, michelle flournoy is the senior adviser at the boston consulting group prayer. from 2009 to 2012 she was the undersecretary for defense policy. and then she was the principle advisor to the secretary defense and the violation of the national security defense policies and oversight of military plans and operations and so forth. i interviewed her a number of times. she was very cautious. she never told us very much. she's also a senior fellow fo
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Dec 6, 2013 10:00pm EST
government agencies, among them nih and the defense advanced research project agency and the national science foundation as well as private partners to take our understanding of the brain and how it works and bring it up a notch. try to figure out a way to develop the tools to decode the language of the brain. we have gone a long way recently, but we knew -- need to go much further much faster to understand the basis of how the brain works and how it sometimes does not work so well so that you end up with a brain that gives you alzheimer's or parkinson's or any of those disorders that were mentioned earlier. those are disorders that if you are going to really be able to make the kind of progress we want, we have got to understand the fundamentals of the organ involved. we do not understand the brain as well as we understand the heart, kidney, or the liver. the association hopes to put the brain into the focus of current research so we can really up the understanding of this organ and be able to make a difference for people with brain disorders. host: with regard to alter them are specifically
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Dec 4, 2013 10:00pm EST
>> we announced these changes than the secretary of defense, general dempsey said it will result in better aligning our structures and resources with dod strategic interests and priorities. and earlier this year we directed the management review in that review developed options to help the dod plan for a range of future budget scenarios, including the persistence of sequester lover untracked level cuts. and as all of you know, these threats, and less changed, will represent a 500 billion-dollar reduction over the next 10 years, and that is in addition with a $480 billion spending cut that the dod has are implemented. included in the strategic choice of management review is a comprehensive look that all savings that could be achieved by reducing overhead throughout the department and streamlining organizations, including osd and the joint staff. as you may recall, i announced this summer that dod would reduce headquarters operating budgets for 20 represent over the next five years and these reductions are only a first step in the effort of dod to realign the spending to meet new f
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
defense authorization act. at 5:00 p.m. the senate will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of patricia millett to be united states circuit judge for the d.c. circuit postcloture. at 5:30 the senate will vote on confirmation of the millett nomination. mr. president, i think there are four bills, and the clerk can help both of us, at the desk due for second reading. the presiding officer: the clerk will read for the second time. the clerk: s. 1774, a bill to reauthorize the undetectable firearms act of 1988 for one year. s. 1775, a bill to improve the sexual assault prevention and response programs and activities of the department of defense and for other purposes. h.r. 1965, an act to streamline and insure onshore energy permitting, provide for onshore leasing certainty and provide certainty to oil asia -- oil shale development and so forth and for other purposes. an act to regulate state's authority to recognize gas operations and promote energy security, development and job creation. mr. reid: mr. president, i would object to any further proceedings with res
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Dec 9, 2013 2:30pm EST
2014 for military activities of the department of defense and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: before me left for the thanksgiving break, senator inhofe and i said that we would come to the senate floor today to update members on the status of the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2014. before the break, we spent a week on the senate floor trying to bring more amendments up and to have them debated and voted on, but we were unable to do so. we tried to reach agreement to limit consideration to defense-related amendments, but we were unable to do that. we trade to get consent to vote on two sexual assault amendmen s that had been fully debated but we could not get that accident. -- get that consent. we tried to get consent to lock in additional votes but we were unable to do so. at this point, mr. president, the house of representatives will be adjourning for the year at the end of this week. and there is simply no way that we can debate and vote on those amendments to the pending bill, to get cloture
CSPAN
Dec 2, 2013 7:00am EST
're playing a certain position like a linebacker or defensive back at the end of level or years and years? yeah, there might be something there but that doesn't mean every kid playing pop warner is going to be condemned to a -- it's just reckless to put that forward. i think that's what the lawsuit did. the irony of the nfl lawsuit was that the players hurt every leg that they were not suing, but they didn't hurt the one leg they were suing one day. in the nfl, approaching about $10 billion in revenue. the highest rated television shows, sunday night football. a league that sells parking spaces on game day for 50 bucks. they don't have to worry about paying out $755 million. they will survive. they are doing fine. but the league is so in your store door to pay for shoulder pads, those are the leagues that really have to worry. recently there was a bowl conducted by hbo real sports in which they asked people, knowing what you know about football and brain injuries, would you allow your kid to play? 33% had reservations about allowing their kids to play. we al are already seeing this in act
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2013 3:55pm EST
was attacked while keeping an eye on the neighborhood than was shot to well self-defense. the photos at the scene we see a bloody nose and swollen and bruises on his head blood coming out supports the story. the autopsy to days later the only wound on trayvon martin is a bruised knuckle. two days later within 40 hours trayvon martin's father comes san to the station they played the screams and the chief investigator is there and listen to him say that is not trayvon. this is what they do within 48 hours why they had no interest to block or arrest george zimmerman. that would not stand. now you need a little agitation and propaganda you have to politicize the case to move forward. of the great white defendant playbook was in place and i will walk you through how this came to be. because the orders do not come from the soviet union not even a national clearinghouse. there are local groups to know how to exploit the system he and they know it is necessary. it is civil-rights lawyers and florida that are put in touch with these guys make a good living so we establishments about presumed
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2013 4:30pm EST
be enacted in our nation's defense department. we haven't even got an audit of the defense department. year after year after year we demand that an audit be conducted by the department of defense by a certain year, and it's never happened. and so we're not apologists. in fact, i believe that the chairman and ranking member have been zealous in their efforts to reduce waste and mismanagement and duplication in the armed services, in the defense department through their work on the armed services committee. but the morale of our men and women who are serving is being harmed, and it's not something that shows up in dollars and cents. but it does show up over time. i would ask the senator from michigan, it does show up over time in their willingness to remain in the military. i was recently down at fort campbell, kentucky, with the senator from tennessee, senator alexander, and we had an excellent briefing from the colonels and the generals, and the chief master sergeants of the united states army there. and unanimous, unanimous was their view that they believe that we in the congress of the un
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
sponsored the patrick leahy law and that prohibits the department of state and defense to provide military aid to foreign military and police forces that engage and violate human rights. and he never stops leading on an issue central to our mission at human rights first and that is refuge protection. and the act he sponsors elimina eliminates them from not having safe places to go. in 2009, he called for the creation of an independent investigation for torture after 9-11. he is a determined pragmatic person and an idealist who is less interested in making statements than change. he is willing and able to work with republicans on human rights and/or other -- and other issues -- he and rubio are trying to get the trafficking victims protection act. patrick leahy is now the longest serving u.s. senate and he is president pro-term of the senate. don't tell him that, because he thinks, and i think all of us in the room know it is true, that he is just getting started. ladies and gentlemen, i hope you will give a warm welcome to our keynote speaker, the honorable patrick leahy. [ applause ] >> t
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2013 6:30pm EST
. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: department of defense, debra lee james virginia, to be secretary of the air force. mr. reid: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the cloture motion. the clerk: cloture motion. we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to bring to a close the debate on the nomination of deborah lee james of virginia to be secretary of the air force signed by 19 senators as follows. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i move to proceed to legislative session. the presiding officer: the question is on the motion to proceed. all those in favor say aye. all those opposed say nay. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. reid: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 444. the presiding officer: the question is on the motion to proceed. all those in favor say aye. all tho
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2013 10:00am EST
. some contend that the president's decision not to defend the defense of marriage act violated the clause and in fact the president made a judgment subsequently vindicated by the united states supreme court that the act was unconstitutional. but while the case was pending, he continued to comply with the law. the president's decision not to defend the law wasn't novel and indeed the congress itself recognized this possibility. congress understood that sometimes the administration's duty to take care that the law be faithfully executed might include recognizing that a particular statute is unconstitutional. the constitution as we are told is the supreme law of the land. presidents are required to follow it. so past administrations have exercised their discretion not to defend the law they have deemed unconstitutional. for example, the acting solicitor general at the time, john roberts, now the chief justice of the united states refused to defend the law that he believed to be unconstitutional in the case of natural broadcasting versus the fcc. chief justice roberts argued that t
CSPAN
Dec 2, 2013 5:00am EST
, and they use that as the defense of not being clear, but many people said that they knew that that's what they were going to do, yet no one actually said those words out loud to all of the individual doctors. so was wondering if you could comment on that and if you were involved with "the new york times" writeup in the degree to which the hospital staff was told that. and just as a commentary, i feel more sympathy for the patients. i know you are trying to stress the fact that these doctors were under immense pressure but i'm sorry, i have more sympathy for the patients. they are there for their care and regardless of the stress and how it is that they were thinking, their job is to save lives and it just shows you how it was during hurricane katrina that so many people shirk their duties and responsibilities and police and hospital people, that they ended up killing people as opposed to trying to care for the citizens and residents. >> thank you. >> the book raises this question is a time of crisis a time when we allow our moral our moral values to five hours at a time when we really ne
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2013 1:10pm EST
that in our increasingly technocratic pragmatic society, the humanities should go into a defensive bunker mode and make his case against sciences. ideas we should try to shake hands with science as a number of scholars do. besides dh can feel it offers science include eco-criticism, animal studies, disability studies in the field of literature and medicine. we live in a time in the humanities are under real threat i'm talking about the threat robert talked about. public funding for the humanities with/. defending beneath the american renaissance in other books that cathy's revolution in the work. as so many other books written under the fellowship is on the chopping block. both the nea and neh went out during the sat down. even now there kind of limping along and apparently are headed for big big flashing. we'll a fully recover ever? many americans the humanities is one of the first places to cut. so unless we humanists adapt to the current environment we may lose not only big verdes is that in in the last presidential race, but also some big votes that would otherwise have been possible throu
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 8:00am EST
's role and authority, show you a portion of the defense department briefing from yesterday with remarks from defense secretary chuck hagel and joint chiefs chair general martin dempsey on pentagon spending cuts. >> all these decisions will not only result in a smaller and flatter osd but one that i believe will be better prepared for serious and complex 21st century security challenges that we face as a department and as a nation. and is constrained budget environment, we will continue to look for ways to reduce overhead, improve efficiency and maximize combat power. but we must do so in a deliberate manner after careful consideration of how best to ensure this department is able to carry out its mission of defending the nation. most of the reduction in osd staff that i've announce today will occur through process of natural attrition in order to minimize the impact on workforce. if the department is forced to take this deep sequestration cuts on the order of $500 billion over the next 10 years, we may need to include additional reductions. as i said before, sequestration is irresponsib
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Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
in an effort to support the recovery effort that is being waged by the department of defense and earlier this year, i led a bi-partisan delegation with my good friend to the philippians to strengthen our bilateral relationship with the company. we will do that again in the wake of the interest. but in the interirks -- interim -- i want to say we are all filipinos at this time. >> thank you for your leadership and comments. i would like to recognize mr. minnow now. >> thank you for calling the hearing. as we start to look at the issues, the personal first-hand testimony of uand/ors who have visit -- and/or others -- who vis visited the region you cannot help but feel for those who have been displaced. the size of the state of oregon has been displaced. if everybody in oregon was displaced it would be monumental in terms of impact. in a town where we can be critical many times of agencies and their roll and what happened, the testimony that has been shared by mr. green and the chairman is certainly something that needs to be applauded and we need to celebrate the successes and hopefully pu
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 12:00am EST
and chris hill went into see him, and i was sent in to see the defense minister also known as the pizza man because he had become welcome in canada with a chain of pizza restaurants, and so it was darg in the ministry of defense, and we know where the front line is, that we were told from the previous day, and we walk in and tell the minister the instructions are from the united states that you must stop and stop the forces right now. we said, ambassador holbrook is giving this to the president right now. they said, stop, stop, we're on the last hill overlooking, and the seshes going crazy shooting their own soldiers who are running from us. you want us to stop right now? we said, stop right now. we get back in the plane, and so dick said stop, and we told them to stop, jim and i, and we say, but look, did we know it was this bad? it was this bad, so, you know, we're scrambling to get the intelligence information to put it together. i guess dick finally got, you know, got the word it was bad. he said, we should go right now and tell him to surrender right now. we can save his unit, right no
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2013 4:00am EST
of the philippines and in support of the recovery effort being waged now by usaid and the department of defense and earlier this year, i lead a bipartisan delegation with my good friend, ranking member, to the philippines to strengthen our bilateral relationship with that country. we're going do that again in the wake of these issues. but in the interim, i want to thank all the members of the committee and to say we are all filipinos during this difficult time. i look forward to hearing from our distinguished witness. >> thank you for your leadership and comment today. i would like to recognize -- >> thank you, mr. chairman. and thank you for calling this hearing and as we start to look at the issue, and a personal firsthand testimony you and others who visited the region. it's certainly one that can't help but touch your heard when you hear about people being displaced tps. whard we start talking in millions to really recognize the size of that. but it's the size of the state of oregon. if everybody in oregon were displaced, you know, it's just monumental in term of the impact. so i think in
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
criteria is. and the more i talk to prosecutor and defense attorneys the more they tell me in the pretrial face in plea bargaining increasingly the evidence is being used to try to plea for a lesser offense or alesser punishment. in what ways? well, the firsts most pef lent is in cases offed had. right. in death penalty cases that's where the evidence first showed up. in the sentencing face of a capital case, a criminal defendant tried to present as mitigating evidence that they should be treatedless harsh. they shouldn't get the death penalty. what is surprising if you look at the chart there are many other types on here. okay. from felon murder, child abuse, rape case, drug case, across the gamete of felony cases now, criminal defendants are coming to the courtroom and introducing evidence there genetic or brain help to explain why they behave the way that did. the blue in the front and red in the back shows you that the majority of these cases are now becoming neurological cases. it's gettic evidence. the red bar in the back is neurological evidence. what this is with a kind of claim ar
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Dec 9, 2013 12:30pm EST
:00 for general speeches, legislative work starts at 4:00, and they'll be working on 2014 defense programs. at 5:00 today judicial nominations for the u.s. circuit court of appeals for d.c., the first nomination taken up since the senate changed its filibuster rules just before thanksgiving break, and they may also take up a house bill to extend a ban on plastic guns. >>> and we've got more from capitol hill reporter on what the legislative agenda looks like for this week. >> host: joining us now to talk about some of these issues on capitol hill in the week ahead is ian swanson, news editor at "the hill" newspaper. thanks for joining us this morning. >> guest: thanks for having me. >> host: and as "the washington post" stated, we're expecting a budget deal as early as in this week. what could that deal look like? >> guest: well, it's not going to be the grand bargain that really has dominated discussions over the last three, four or five years. negotiators are looking at any tax hikes which have been demanded by democrats. tear also not looking at significant cuts to medicare, medicaid or socia
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Dec 9, 2013 7:00am EST
of advisers, which included his brother and attorney general robert kennedy, defense secretary robert mcnamara, and aides arthur schlesinger, jr. and ted sorenson. this is about one hour. >> under letter to here and i'm looking forward to this conversation. the first question is, 50 years after his death president can has an 80% approval rating among the american public. is the public wrong? >> first of all, it's 85%. [laughter] >> it's gone up. >> and the result of the recent government shutdown i suspect the vintage date it might be 90%. i don't think it's wrong in the sense that people in this country want to feel better about cover. they want to feel better about the countries future. and i think that's what kennedy still gives people. you know, they compare him to other subsequent presidents. johnson with vietnam. nixon with watergate. force truncated presidency. jimmy carter's one term. the first bush one term. the second bush leaves under a cloud. so they look to two presidents to give them better hope in feeling about the government. first off, kennedy, reagan in this p
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Dec 1, 2013 11:00pm EST
surviving witness of the attack was on the witness stand and the defense lawyer and the prosecutor are asking him questions about the attack. did you ever see a knife can ask pouliot, the lawyer representing jeffrey conroy, the young man who at 17 had confessed to stabbing and killing his friend, marcelo lucero thread never. did you ever see anyone stab marcelo? i'm not asking, please stop. sorry about that. the lawyer said and he went on to the next question, but it wasn't fine. the nights that he stayed away thinking what if. the hours that he had mulled over his actions on the day of the attack. it wasn't fair that o the lawyer could have a simple yes or no. neither of the answers could describe his views or regrets. the truth is that he had turned his back momentarily on his friend and the attackers to run for safety in a nearby alley. he had called up to follow him but instead he stood his ground and fought. the truth was he hadn't seen the knife that he wished he had. when you got to the police precinct did you talk to a detective or police officer wide-awake where did you ha
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Dec 7, 2013 5:30pm EST
and of our society than donald rumsfeld former defense secretary -- secretary better tombouctou were right now.rs whistle-blowers have been indicted under the espionage act and former cia officials imprisoned for blowing the whistle on water boarding.d the nuances of portage buto the most devastating part is he has used the saysolic credibility that a lot of liberals wouldno oppose. >> host: we had reaction ask calls after your panel. why you continual bash the president? why do you bash president obama? >> i don't see it as bashing president obama at all. there is a reason why journalism is the only sited job in the united states constitution. and that is because we have three branches of government. and if those three branches of power collude together against the interest of the people the press is the forth estate. and journalist have a role to take against those in authority. what i would say to the caller is go back and look at my record in reporting on clinton, bush j obama. i have been consistent towards those in power and that is a core tenant of journalism. it doesn't how preside
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2013 5:15am EST
going to let him go. next caller. >> caller: hello, i'm concerned about the national defense authorization act you think the representatives would be out on vacation, the president in the and the house and the senate all signed in and would you please comment? >> yes, we were concerned about some of the things about that as well, and one of the things that they did was they authorized future president as well to detain people who are considered enemy combatants, including americans without adequate due process and i think that was a real problem that a lot of this law has never seriously been looked at. and there have been some money off reauthorization come up with a serious look at i think it needs and what you are suggesting is that other laws are coming into this area without really enough public attention and scrutiny and thought and do the people think that we have gone too far? >> has this happened a couple of times in our history similar to what the patriot act is like? >> there have been other times they have been similar. one of the things that i would talk about is
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2013 8:00pm EST
will tell you why there is an absence of this defense. first and foremost, the average per capita gross domestic product is around $354,000 per year. and so it tends to be known that qataris are remarkably wealthy, and even the saudi arabians and the kuwaitis and they know how good they have it economically and financially, and they know that they need this quarter their continued accumulation of wealth. so that is one factor. the other factor is that qatar has a incredibly detailed welfare system. so almost from cradle to grave, every need is addressed in taking care of and to use a political science jargon, it is the perfect tiered state. with this kind of a state, the kind of issues that become salient and tend to excite people are not necessarily issues of accountability. they are not denounced for transparency. they are all demands that demand around cultural politics and why is their pork sold in the country's only liquor store. the question of a religion or culture, as you know, for all intents and purposes, everyone speaks english. and even qataris people, especially those that
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Dec 9, 2013 8:30am EST
on the annual legislation authorizing defense programs and debate and a roll call vote on a judicial nomination. >> representatives from iran and six world powers will meet in vienna this week for the next round of talks concerning iran's nuclear program. we'll have analysis of the ongoing negotiations at an event hosted by the center for strategic and international studies. speakers include former national security adviser brzezinski and new york times columnist tom friedman. cbs news "face the nation" anchor bob schieffer will moderate the event. that gets underway at 5:30 p.m. eastern over on c-span3. >> next, a look at the future of the republican party from political strategist and cnn contributor ana navarro. she talks about changes and demographics require the party to broaden its base with. she also comments on the current divisions within the party and who she thinks are the best potential candidates for winning back the white house in 2016. she spoke last month at a forum hosted by the new hampshire institute of politics at saint anselm college in manchester. this is a little over an
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 2:00am EST
. totally bipartisan about it provided funding for houses of worship, many who are the front-line defense in terms of humanitarian aid in new york and new jersey ravaged by super storm sandy. the bill passed. fema opposes it. the senate has opposed it and refuses to even bring it up for a vote. i can't tell you have disappointed and outrageously wrong i think those who were first and foremost in the relief side, being told you're not going to get fema relief. there's a separation of church and date issued. they can do all kinds of other things, but they can't get the critical fema support. that bias, which i know you don't share needs to be guarded against because that first line of defense is so important. mr. green and i would be in agreement. the more you can help out in that regard, the better. thank you. i'd like to now welcome our second panel began with mr. shawn callahan, chief operating officer for catholic relief services. he's also served as executive vice president for overseas operations and regional director for south asia and catholic relief services. he's the crs regional
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
new acting deputy secretary of defense. i recommended her to the president because i felt we needed the continuity to continue with some of the most exciting challenges we have been facing him and will continue to face in this department over aid member of the ears. you know, what those are. budget sequestration, we are finishing up the review and how all that impacts the strategic interest and focus of where we go from here. she brings the continuity and leadership and highly respected in the congress, in the white house and around here. i want to acknowledge heard coming over to you give us her time. a few months ago she thought she would escape. she did for a while. she will be an important part how rico for work over the next few months. i have great confidence and i vote for virtues' spending time with her again. this morning we laid out the back steps for the next few weeks. also want to take the opportunity to say ash carter we had a ceremony and he will be greatly missed. i will miss him personally and has been a tremendous part of this institution's over the last five year
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
rebel group during his tenure as the ministry of defense. he ultimately entered politics and perhaps he will tell us all why he made a career change in rows to be present at columbia in 2010. he was elected for four-year term extending until august 2014 obtaining more than 9 million votes, the highest amount obtained by any candidate in the history of colombian democracy. two weeks ago he announced he will run for re-election in next year's presidential election saying he wants to be able to finish the peace process he started. president sub two campaigned in 2010 on a platform to carry on the offensive against the leftist guerrillas that have waged war against the government for decades. as president however he opened talks with the revolutionary armed forces of colombia or farc. negotiators reached a draft agreement on november 6 as 1 aspect of the talks and we expect president santos will tell us about the negotiations in the chances for an ultimate peace agreement. the peace negotiations could well be a central issue in next year's elections with one leading opponent calling for an
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Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm EST
the russians have a defensive interest and if there is an explosion in the middle east, it will spread throughout the region and that money may involve saying goodbye, but it could unite the muslims in russia. another interest is to restore some of russia's influence which several decades ago was much larger. and i think russia wants to keep a foot in it and they are not prepared to expel america from the middle east in a dramatic effort, because they can't do to the expectations. so we have russia playing a game in which some games are possible. and this includes engaging russia in the top level of decision-making. >> how do you see a? do you see greater russian engagement than a decade ago? if so, to what end? >> i see greater russian engagement than a year ago. and he is the prime minister of turkey, the prime minister of israel, the chief of saudi intelligence, russian foreign and defense ministry and we are talking to plus two talks and that is incredible in context. and in the paradox is is that it's not being by moscow and the position taken on syria and this includes a willingn
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Dec 6, 2013 12:00am EST
historic legislation appropriately known as the lady law that prohibits the department of defense from providing military aid to a foreign military enforces setting gauge its human-rights a and he'd never stops leaving gandhi issued to our mission with said chief sponsor of the act to eliminate useless hurdles for persecuting refugees to receiving a safe haven will also t. buckley senator leahy to fight counterterrorism problems problems, policies that respect human rights. id 2009 he called for the creation of the independent commission to investigate our own government's use of torture in the post 9/11 era. unfortunately that has not come to pass yet. senator leahy has a strong record of success because he is a turret blown dash determined pragmatist and a the lists less interested in making a statement and making change. and working with republicans on human rights for example, him and senator rubio are in the process to try to get the reauthorization of the trafficking victims' protection act. want to close by sharing a little secret patrick leahy is now one disserving u.s. senator
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
because of the threat of serb intervention so i was sent in to see the defense minister, the pizza man. he had become wealthy on pizza restaurants. we walked in, we were told from the previous day, the instructions are you must stop those forces right now. we said ambassador holbrooke is giving this right now. stop, stop, we are on the west hills, the serbs are going crazy, they are shooting their own soldiers who are running from us. you want us to stop right now? stop right now so we get back in the plane, so dick has said stop, and we say look, did we know it was this bad? we are scrambling to get intelligence information to put it together. dick finally got the word that it was bad. we should go to slow but on milosevic right now and tell him to surrender right now. we can save his units. this is the moment. we need to go to italy, we detoured back and got into belgrade at 2:00 at night and already had dinner. we are in the sedan with the u.s. ambassador and we say to the u.s. ambassador, i can't believe we will see him this late at night, heavy dinners with all these meets and everyth
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00am EST
going to uphold the defense of marriage act or it isn't. you can look at the votes and what the justices said about why they did what they did, it's right there in front of you and you can say, whereas you might question the motives of somebody in the cabinet department why they did something or didn't, and it would help to have sources and be independent and question them, you can see what antonin scalia said right there. you can look at his reasoning and challenge him on that because he's putting it right out in front of you. so that's one difference i think, one danger that doesn't really exist in the supreme court is becoming beholden to the institution in a way that the things you. >> to justices follow press coverage? >> yes. they do. they try to pretend like they don't, but we know that they read scotusblog. i don't know how many of them watch nbc news or read what tony writes about them, or read what "the new york times" writes about them. but yes, of course they do. >> i think they care about their press. we have heard from them come as amy mentioned. if we have written somethin
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Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
tensions. >> guest: china has developed an air defense identification which the administration has told our military to ignore and the faa to bring into effect so if you run a commercial airliner you have to take this into account and respond to the chinese. i'm not sure exactly how that works. our military side is not recognizing that. china will try to resort itself in the south china sea. i think we all knew this was happening. they wanted to expand and that is what is happening right now. they are going to push further and a little bit further and a little bit further. every time and this is once again much harder than the iran deal. there's a huge part of our economy and they are becoming more westernized and mort capitalistic while at the same time our military in building the military up and away where it's purely targeted at the american military. they are building their military up in a protective way against everybody. they are building specific weapon systems that would take out america -- >> host: how should the united states respond? >> guest: by not recognizing it read the def
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Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm EST
. >> so in the public interest defense is not actually journalism, that he didn't have the time or resources going through them. >> there were conversations at the cabinet after terry, which led me to think that it was wise to share this material. they attended by herself. how many people read their? >> i think two or three from "the guardian." >> you just broke up, is that right? >> it's harder to smash up a computer you might be. the food mixers -- [inaudible] >> if you have the documents anyway to publish them. >> well, it goes back to spy catcher. i was completely clear what the cabinet secretary that there were copies elsewhere and that the destruction of these computers does not plan to stop reporting. i think that they still had with her instructions. i think that i accept this as a hard choice for the government. i think they were balancing a free press for security. i understand the nature, but the point was i think the alternative to having newspapers , you can criminalize newspapers that you like. the next edward snowden, the next chelsea manning will coach newspapers
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
, which prohibits the u.s. department of state department of state and department of defense from providing military aid to foreign military and police forces and engage them byerly human rights. and he never stopped bleeding on an issue central to our mission at human rights first and then his refugee protection. he is the chief sponsor of the refugee protection act, which would eliminate useless hurdles that prevent persecuted refugees from receiving safe haven. at human rights first, with also teamed up to senator leahy to fight for counterterrorism problems -- counterterrorism policies that respect human rights. in fact, in 2009, he called for the creation of an independent commission to investigate our own government's use of torture in the post-9/11 era. unfortunately, that hasn't come to pass yet. senator leahy has a strong record of success because he is further determined pragmatist and an idealist who's less interested in making a statement in making change. frankly, he's willing and able to work with republicans on human rights and a whole bunch of other issues. for exa
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Dec 7, 2013 7:00pm EST
of the attack, of the attackers, of course, he was on the witness stand and the defense lawyer and prosecutor are asking questions about the attack. did you ever see a knife, asked william, the lawyer representing jeffrey conroy. the young man, who at 17, confessed to a stabbing and kill his friend. never. did you see anyone stab him? no, because of the second attack. i'm not asking, please stop. i'm sorry, sorry about that. that's fine, the lawyer said, and moved on to the next question. it was not fine, a simple no could not convey the feelings, denied he stayed at wake thinking what is. the hours he mulled over his actions on the day of the attack. it was not fair the lawyer wanted a simple yes or no. both answers could accurately describe the fears or regrets. the truth was that he turned his back momentarily on his friend and the attackers to run for safety to a nearby alley. he had called # out to him to follow him, but he had stood his ground and fought. the truth was he had seen the knife, he wished he had. when you got to the police precinct, did you talk to the detective, a police o
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Dec 8, 2013 5:00pm EST
, basically, i'm too old. he wanted to be secretary of defense. wanted to be anything in his government, and this was gratitude but a relationship that was forged without question back in a time when thomas dewey identified nixon as a young political comer. >> i know that after my father was nominated and eisenhower and my father met, eisenhower admitted he didn't realize just quite how young my father was when he made the decision for him to be the running mate. i don't think he realized he was 39. maybe he thought he was 41 or something. thought he was 42? >> that's right. 39 years old. >> let me go back to what david said about governor dewey. that's exactly right. eisenhower's campaign for president was run by due yes, brownell, and clay. but dewey always stayed in the background because he had run in '48 and '44 and lost both times so remained in the background, but dewey indeed invited nixon to give the keynote address, the rein lincoln day address to the republican party in new york in 1952, and at that time nixon went up to the suite afterwards with brunell and dewey and that's
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Dec 9, 2013 10:30am EST
will turn to a bill for 2014 defense programs. they will take up the judicial nomination for the d.c. circuit with a vote at 5:30 p.m. it will be the first nomination both since they changed the rule since leaving before break. >> now to talk about some of these issues on capitol hill and the week ahead is excellence ane news editor at the hill newspaper. thanks for joining us.u for joit >> host: thanks for having. as the "washington post" state and a number of reports have put out we are expecting a budgeted to come as early as this week. what could that look like? >> guest: is not going to be thi the grand bargaining guest: it is not going to be the grand bargain that has dominated the discussion over the past five years. hikes.looking at tax they are also not looking at significant cuts to medicare, security,or social which are areas republicans say needs to be done. instead we are looking at pretty small things and haggling over whether to have federal employees attribute more to their retirement -- employees contribute more to their retirement plans. thingse also looking at --
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Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm EST
, and i was sent in to see the defense minister. also known as the pizza man because he had become wealthy and opened a chain of pizza restaurant. so we went in there. it was dark. we walked in and intelligence we have, we know where the frontline is. that we've been told from the previous day. and we walk in and we tell the minister, the instructions are from the united states you must stop and you must stop those forces right now. he said, ambassador holbrooke is giving this to the president right now. so he says stop? stop? were on the last hill overlooking -- the serbs are going crazy. the shooting their own soldiers who were running from us. you want us to stop right now? he said stock right now. so we get back in the plane and so dick has told him to stop. and we say, but look, did we know it was this man? it was this man? we were scrambling to get the intelligence information to put together. i guess dick finally got the word that it was bad. that we should go to milosevic right now and tell him to surrender. right now. we can save his unit. right now. this is the moment. so we had
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Dec 3, 2013 8:00am EST
was going on in this bosnia. and we had there in their balkan task force the cia, the defense intelligence agency, the nsa, the joint chiefs of staff regularly working together. sandy chaired a tenty's committee -- deputy's committee that kept all the agencies working together. we were committed to sharing information, not hoarding it, to try to reconcile the apparent inconsistencies and then to make good decisions. you know, i love all these shows, homeland and all that stuff. i love that stuff. [laughter] but the real world involves all these cia folks out there killing themselves to figure out what is really going on and how to get that back to the oil makers. to the policymakers. and what leon says is right, you have to be an active, not passive consumer of intelligence. otherwise, someone just assumes that your bandwidth has been choked in 1994 and '95, and you wind up like we were, not even having a meeting about rwanda. because you're so obsessed with all this other stuff. so the obligation of the policymakers is to be aggressive in this saying what we need. i also agree with the co
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Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
is secretary of defense in the white house meeting. a nice middle east gentleman comes up. it's nice to see you. gates said who is that? and sir it's mike levin our secretary of health and human services. [laughter] remember these guys aren't getting a ton of face time in the oval office with president obama. >> that brings up the tweet from ron. short answer little about the access. obama is micromanager. ask john kerry. >> guest: that's interesting. i'm not sure it proves the tweeter's case. kerry has been given a fairly wide leash when it comes to the white house or taken one. it's a little bit hard to say which. he's been an active secretary of state so far. seeking to reopen middle east peace talk. most think there's little chance of brail through there. he's dealing with the headache of getting an arrangement force to remind in afghanistan. he's negotiating syria peace talks. negotiating the iran deal. kerry is out there and probably impossible micromanagement him. >> i believe it was "politico" that rep
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00am EST
the obligation of the president to defend defense of marriage act replace it to be unconstitutional? >> yes. i think -- i agree that the president should only very, very rarely and with extremely good reason declined to defend a law in court. and i've written about that, and i think it's hard to fault with the president did in the case of doma. he concluded with very good recent there was simply no argument that could justify, justify doma. he notified the congress of this decision. he continued to enforce the he invited congress to intervene in litigation to present at that point of view. and ultimate the supreme court vindicated his judgment. so it seems to me it's very difficult to complain -- to blame everyone on all sides of these debates, and in both parties agree is that it contemplates the president may decline to enforce a law which he concludes in a responsible it is unconstitutional. >> the gentleman's time has expired. spent i ask unanimous consent to introduce into the record the letter i refer to. >> without objections order. the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank
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Dec 8, 2013 2:40pm EST
the terms of the cold war and, finally, the idea of the missile defense which has the one great advantage to us today and at the time so scared the soviets that it really led to their giving up on the race with us in the cold war. and realizing they had no chance of winning. which led to the most remarkable event of our lifetime, an event of biblical proportions, which was the collapse of the soviet union and the conquest of communism without a shot fired. and that was sort of the core of the 980s -- 1980s, that is what history will remember the '80s for. and again, as i say, i write in the introduction of the book in trying to trace my evolution from left to right that was the essence of my leaving the democratic party, because you remember a lot of young people today do not. in the 1970s there was a very strong conservative element in the democratic party. they were known as national security democrats or cold war liberals in the tradition of truman, kennedy, humphrey and scoop jackson who happened to have been my great political hero in my 20s, in my youth. in facting when scoop -- in
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Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
times? >> there were 58,000 documents. >> in the public interest's defense, not journalism but to sort of those going through the foreshadowing, but there was -- >> there were conversations with the cabinet secretary which led me to think it was wise to share this material. >> the ceremony that took place in your basement when the secret service attended, how many was that? >> there were two from the cghq side and two or three from the guardian. >> you break out the hard disks? >> harder to break than you might think. >> and black and decker. >> was there any point in that exercise if you have the documents to punish them? >> the serious point is this. i was completely clear with the secretary that there were copies elsewhere and the destruction of these computers was not worth reporting. i think they still went ahead and -- >> did it with black and decker, i think as i said this was a hard choice for the government. they were balancing a free press with security. the point was that the alternative, criminalize these all you like and try to take some out of it. the next ed snowden, the
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